"I just start kissing [beautiful women]. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait," a hot mic recorded Donald Trump saying in 2005, in a recording obtained by The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold. "And when you're a star they let you do it," Trump says. "You can do anything. … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything." - U.S. News & World ReportThere, of course, have been Donald Trump surrogates and even media headlines that have tried to spin this as Trump just using offensive or lewd or crude words, when in actuality, this is Trump bragging that he sexually assaults women and gets away with it. I say "of course" because far too many people -- and Republicans in particular -- have always had a problem with the concept of consent. What we have here is a nasty, creepy predator confessing his behavior, and most women have been on the receiving end of this sort of unwanted groping at some point in their lives.
For those who think that Trump may just be using hyperbole, he has been accused of groping before. And worse:
A federal lawsuit filed in New York, accusing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl over 20 years ago at several Upper East Side parties hosted by convicted sex offender and notorious billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein, was refiled on 30 September 2016, two weeks after the complainant voluntarily dismissed a suit based on the same claims.After first issuing a non-apology "apology", Trump released a video where he claimed that "this is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues..." No. No. No. No. Sexual assault is important. It is not a distraction. There's always arguments over the statistics on sexual assault and rape, but women know it is not some mere "distraction" and that it happens with outrageous frequency. It's happened to me, to my friends and to my relatives. If you have any doubt of its frequency, just ask any of the women or girls in your life.
A reminder that this is a man who is also on tape telling a woman on his TV show that, "Must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees." Imagine any man saying that to a coworker. Then imagine how fast he'd be hauled in front of HR, or sued for creating a hostile work environment -- just as he should have been for his behavior to the women on his pageant shows where he did kiss and touch them whenever he felt like it.
Donald Trump is a serial predator.
No woman -- or man who cares about them -- has any excuse for voting him into the highest office in the land.
"I'm not in every interaction my father has. But he's not a groper." - Ivanka Trump